Getting Ready

Move-In IconMove-In Spring 2021

Getting Ready:


We look forward to your arrival in January! To make sure you are prepared to move into your residence hall whether for the first time or as a returning student, MAKE SURE YOU READ THROUGH AND COMPLETE ALL OF THE ITEMS BELOW. Move-In for Spring 21 will differ from prior move-ins. If any operational plans change, we will let you know via your Winthrop email. Please also read through the tips and hints on this page for what to pack and what to leave at home.


We could never list all the items you might need, but this will help you get started. Also, remember that many items can be shared, so be sure to communicate with your roommate(s) prior to packing.


Finally, please review the MOVE-IN DAY section of our website to plan your travel. The information on that page is essential for a smooth and successful Move-In Day.


COVID-19 Preparation: Testing & Screening Requirements


Due to COVID-19, there are several changes taking place on campus which have the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty as our very top priority. Personal and social responsibility is a key theme that you will see throughout our series of messages. In short, that means we will do everything that we can to help you stay safe. In turn, we expect you to accept the responsibility for doing your part to maintain health and safety for yourself and for our community. All residential students and their two move-in assistants are asked to do the following:


Each student and their two move-in assistants must begin restricting contact with others 14 days prior to arriving on campus. We ask that you closely monitor your health during this time frame. If students (or their move-in assistants) are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, headaches, chills, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden onset loss of smell or taste up to two weeks prior to their move-in date, they will need to contact Residence Life at to delay their move-in and receive further instructions. Students (or move-in assistants) that indicate symptoms will not be permitted to move into the residence halls until their symptoms have been resolved. 


Residential students are required to complete a COVID-19 test five days before their scheduled date to move-in, but no earlier than five days Residence Life and Health Services encourage students to be proactive and research COVID testing availability in their area before January. The SC DHEC website lists permanent and free mobile sites; out of states students should check their state health department websites respectively.  Students may be able to find addition testing options where you live through Google searches or their local pharmacy. As you select a move in appointment time, it is critical for you to follow this schedule 


If you are scheduled to move in on January 13 

Your test must be taken on January 8 

If you are scheduled to move in on January 14 

Your test must be taken on January 9 

If you are scheduled to move in on January 15 

Your test must be taken on January 10 



  • Quarantine 2 days before your test (to reduce close contacts if positive)  
  • Continue to quarantine after your test until they you return to campus to reduce additional exposure. 
  • Request electronic results instead of mailed results to reduce the risk of delayed notification that impacts your ability to move in on your scheduled date.  

Upon receipt of your test results, upload test results-- regardless of the results--to the Patient Portalbefore your scheduled move-in screening date/time. Note: Patient Portal works best on Firefox or Safari web browsers. Test results must show the student’s name and date of the test to be accepted for move-in. Only students with negative results will be permitted to return. If Health Services does not have record of your test results on file, you will not receive your room key and will not be permitted to move-in until your test results have been uploaded. 


If you develop COVID-like symptoms after a negative test, youmust notify Health Services ( immediately.  DO NOT come to campus. You may not be able to return on your scheduled move-in day. If you test positive, you must upload that test result to the Patient Portal and remain at home for the duration of your isolation period. If you have already tested positive within 90 days of your move-in date, you must contact Health Services and upload that test result to the Patient Portal (showing their name and test date). Please call Health Services at 803-323-2206 or email before December 23, 2020 or after January 4, 2021 with questions. 


Additionally, no sooner than 24 hours prior to arriving to campus, you and your two move-in assistants must print and complete the COVID-19 screening questionnaire (only accessible via the Pre-Check In Confirmation email). If your household does not have a printer, there will be copies on hand, but understand that it will delay your check-in process. You and your two move-in assistants must wear a mask/facial covering during their check-in process and when in the residence halls. 


You and your two move-in assistants must have your temperature checked while in their vehicle during the check-in curbside process at the Winthrop Coliseum. Again, students (or move-in assistants) that indicate symptoms will not be permitted to move into the residence halls until their symptoms have been resolved. 


Complete Your Required Pre-Check In Process Early


First, all students must complete their pre-check in process on EaglesnestBy completing this process, students will be able to sign up for their January 2021 move-in appointment. Complete it early and make sure you confirm your move-in appointment! Much like you would pre-check in for a hotel or flight, this process takes care of all the administrative components you would typically complete during move-in. To provide a contactless process, we have transitioned to an entirely digital pre-check in process. All residential students will need to complete this process as it will verify you are eligible to move-in. Students who do not complete the pre-check in process will not be permitted to sign up for an appointment.


Make a Move-In Appointment


At the end of the pre-check in process, residential students will be granted access to sign up for a move-in date and time. Instead of designated move-in days for the first-year students and upperclassmen, all students need to select a campus arrival appointment that will occur between January 13-15, 2021.


Review Your Packing List - No changes 

Label Your Items - No changes


Check the Move-In Driving Directions


To cut down on traffic for move-in weekend, Residence Life and the Winthrop University Police Department have worked together to create a centralized check-in location. In order to move-in, residents must drive to the Shack at Winthrop Lake to verify they have uploaded their negative COVID-19 test results, complete their required COVID-19 health screening and receive their room keys.  


Even though you may be very familiar with campus or prefer to use a GPS, we have adjusted normal traffic patterns for Spring 2021 Move-In traffic. We will have Campus Police and Parking Officials stationed around campus monitoring traffic to move students in as quickly as possible. If you try to come in from a different direction or go directly to your residence hall, it will delay getting checked in to your residence hall. 

Last Updated: 12/16/20